Laxey Woollen Mill

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Laxey Woollen Mill

Richard Bell’s nature diary Friday, 11th July 2008, Isle of Man

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IT’S ONLY a few months since the resident weaver here at St George’s Woollen Mill in Laxey old town stopped using the original loom that dates back to the Victorian period when John Ruskin established the mill. You can still see the old loom and, alongside, its replacement (right); an ingenious design which employs pedal power. Here the weaver is converting cones of wool into travel rugs. A punched card loop (lower right) controls the tartan pattern.

 

Link: Laxey Woollen Mills